Heading out to see “Prometheus”

I live in a very small town with no movie theater, so I was debating the drive to see Prometheus tonight.  But you guys convinced me, especially when someone said that it “has a Mountains of Madness in space feel”.

I hope to have a review on the website tomorrow, but in the meantime, if you’re incredibly bored, I’ll be live-blogging this monumental event on my Twitter account and on my Facebook account.  Prepare for awe-inspiring posts, such as “I just bought popcorn” and so forth.

I like going to movies alone… but this is my way of bringing all my Lovecraftian friends with me.

15 responses to “Heading out to see “Prometheus”

  1. I read somewhere that Guillermo Del Toro has been forced to shelve his plans for his movie of “At The Mountains of Madness” indefinitely, the reason being that Prometheus is pretty much the same story and the studios couldn’t see the point in making two similar films. Although having said that, Dark City and The Matrix are pretty much the same story but wildly different in treatment and themes.

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  2. Hi, (may contain spoilers)

    Ok for once those of us in the UK have one up on on those of you across the pond. Yes we had Prometheus a week ago, in fact I went to a midnight screening on Thursday the 31st of May. I’ve also reviewed it (along with a lot of other Lovecraftian stuff) but I’m not here to self publicise. With regard to the Lovecraftian themes, particularly the MOM references, I suppose there are elements there. What irks me, however, is this penchant for the press to label anything with tentacles as Lovecraftian. It’s difficult to go into details without spoiling things, but suffice to say this is not MOM. It is enjoyable in it’s own right, but the main issues arise from it’s attempt to tether itself to Alien, and the inevitable disappointments that lie therein. As for Del Toro’s MOM project, the man himself has stated that the film is his dream project, it’s getting the studios to take a risk that’s the issue. I wrote an article on this (link available on request, I’ve no desire to spam) and the man had the following to say on the matter:

    ” It’s very easy from the outside to say, “Oh, he changed his mind.” It’s not that. You work your ass off for months for something fans are never going to see. I only do things that I truly love. If I control the property, I hold onto it for decades. If I don’t control it, it goes away. I carried [the del toro–produced] Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark for 13 years. I carried Hellboy for almost 8 years before it got made. I’ll still carry [At the Mountains] until it gets made, if it can get made.”

    Interesting, and not a little hopeful I’m sure you’ll agree. Anyway I’m off to watch Prometheus a second time, the rest of you have fun y’hear?

    Steve

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    • Steve, you wrote: “What irks me, however, is this penchant for the press to label anything with tentacles as Lovecraftian.”

      I agree — it irks me, too. But I don’t view Prometheus as somewhat Lovecraftian because of the tentacles. I’ll elaborate in my upcoming review.

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  3. “What irks me, however, is this penchant for the press to label anything with tentacles as Lovecraftian.” – IMO it’s the tentacles PLUS the fact that it is ATMOM jr. makes it “Lovecraftian.” It may be a “poor mans Lovecraft”, meaning that it is a huge stretch to call it Lovecraft, and a lot of it does rely on the tentacles, but enough of the surface of “we are the ants of the universe” was scratched and it did copy some of the Mountains of Madness story… I guess what I’m trying to say with this run on sentence is that ‘yes, it’s Lovecraftian’ but ‘no, it doesn’t belong on a Lovecraftian film list’.

    I think S.T. Joshi and or Pugmire WOULDN’T find Prometheus Lovecraftian, or at least wouldn’t include it if it was a short story being submitted to an antho.

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  4. Prometheus was botched “just enough” that we could get ATMOM still, but I would guess 5-10 years when the effects cost half as much as today, making it less of a risk for the studios.

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  5. I certainly enjoyed the “Lovecraftian” moments of the film. And as a fan of sci-fi B-Movies like SUNSHINE I thought it was enjoyable at a certain ‘gindhouse’ level. I saw it in 2-D, I can only imagine some of the cool moments in 3-D.

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  6. It’s got a cosmic horror feel to it because of the fact these aliens created human beings for unspecified reasons. And that’s not a spoiler because you find it out in about the first ten minutes. Also they spend some time wandering around these huge stone corridors with strange carvings, and that’s actually the part that most reminded me of MOM.

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  7. Prometheus IS a Lovecraftian movie, not Lovecraft’s still. In AtMoM (and most of the other Lovecraft’s works) the main character after making a horrible discovery understands that there is no point to continue his quest for knowledge while heroes of Prometheus persist in their efforts to find out the truth.

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  8. Finally saw this movie tonight, so am finally ready to weigh-in with my own silly opinion. I don’t think tentacles render it remotely Lovecraftian. I think the feeling of ancientness, the idea of all life being seeded by aliens (AtMoM), and the idea that those seeders are not anything we should enjoy the company of fit the bill of Lovecraftian. What made the original Alien Lovecraftian was the amazing first act. The sense of desolation, isolation, and the ancient alien ship: “Looks like it’s been dead a long time… fossilized. Looks like it’s growing out of the chair.” Cosmic terror. Obviously, the rest of that film was just a retread of “Ten Little Indians”, but the set-up was magnificent. I felt this film work was it’s adherence to that set of rules. I’ll give it “Lovecraftian” even if it more resembles works of the Lovecraft Circle from Clark Ashton Smith or C.L. Moore. Remember, we were an accidental offshoot of the Earth-seeding by the Old Ones of AtMoM, but they did decide to keep our buffoonish, apelike ancestors around to torment for their amusement. In Prometheus, the Ancient Engineer they wake up doesn’t take any violent action against them until it hears David speak it’s language, touches him, then realizes that the humans have evolved to the point where they have become creators themselves, at which point he starts killing all of them. Sensible, really. I’d do that to Genetically Modified corn if it came up to me and started to speak.

    On a side-note, I firmly deny that being exposed to the awful ancient gods will automatically drive you insane. Sorry, but my experience doesn’t come from Chaosium, and their silly, arbitrary rules. HPL was a xenophobe who nearly lost his mind dealing with living amongst all the “aliens” of Brooklyn in the 1920s. He only regained any sense of order when he fled back to the more familiar surroundings of Providence. When other writers – with his blessing – had their characters encounter the very same universe he envisioned, they sometimes did, sometimes didn’t lose their minds. A Robert E. Howard character might encounter the same mind-blowing horror as a Lovecraft protagonist, and not lose his mind. He might just first: try to bash in the horror’s head, then try to flee, then seal up the tomb. THEN go look for a tavern so he could get all drunk and wenched-up. Similarly, look at Robert Bloch’s “Notebook Found in a Deserted House”, and the heroic, plain-spoken U.S. Postman, armed with his six shooter. This guy is not intimidated by cultists, and when he sees a shoggoth up ahead, he knows enough to be concerned, he even recognizes what a shoggoth is, but he does not lose his sanity. He tries to escape. It’s obviously not the first shoggoth he’s seen, and he’s still sane. So please already, enough with the SAN points references, okay? That’s not where the horror lies in HPL. It’s the pointlessness of all existence, which just plays up the stupidity and hubris of us, an unimportant species of dung-flinging, howling apes atop our own toilet Earth, that’s the horror. Of course, for me, that’s the liberation of HPL’s legacy. It means that we can be whatever we want. But for most folks I’ve met, that freedom itself is horror.

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    • I enjoyed reading your thoughts, Eric. Especially this: “On a side-note, I firmly deny that being exposed to the awful ancient gods will automatically drive you insane.” Agree with that!

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